Henry Brown was born in Croydon, Surrey, England on November 22, 1822 to John Brown and Ann (Plowman) Brown. During his teens he was educated at Meadowhouse Academy in Croydon.
By the age of 18, Henry had crossed the Altantic Ocean from London and arrived in New York City on May 17, 1841. He sailed with the family of George and Mary Ann Dalton, along with George's 20 year old brother Fred Dalton. George and Fred Dalton were brothers to Harriet Sarah Dalton, who would become Henry's first wife ten years later.
A letter to Henry Brown dated from 1844 is addressed to him in Croydon suggesting he returned to England after his first voyage to America.
Henry's marriage registration to Harriet Sarah Dalton took place in London, England on August 28, 1851. They were cousins. Together they sailed back to America arriving in New York City on December 29, 1851.
Henry and Harriet became parents to their only daughter, Eliza Emily, on June 26, 1852. Some old genealogy notes suggest there was a boy by the name of Alfred but no documentation has been found.
By August 1853, the Browns were settled in the Niagara Falls area made evident by a letter written by Harriet to her niece Emily Dalton in England.
Something which remains unknown caused the premature death of Harriet Sarah Brown on June 28, 1854. She was only 30 years old, and, curiously, was buried near the plots of the parents of Henry's second wife in Drummond Hill Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
At the time of the 1861 Census Henry was registered as a widower and living with his daughter Eliza. Immediately next door to the Browns was a home occupied by the Farley family and residing with them was a Isabella Cole who would marry Henry in Welland County on February 19, 1867.
Henry Brown had spent most of his life working as a carpenter and joiner, but by 1871, he opened a shop on Ferry Street in Stamford. He sold general groceries, provisions, crockery, glassware, etc. When the village of Niagara Falls was incorporated, Mr. Brown was elected to a seat at the council board, and was re-elected several years following.
Isabelle and Henry Brown would together become parents to Harry William, born June 2, 1868; George Edwin, born January 14, 1870; Isabella Mary, born August 7, 1872; and Grace Annie Maud, born November 10, 1874. They're all listed together in the 1881 Census, and the 1891 Census, along with Eliza, Henry's daughter from his first marriage to the then late Harriet Dalton.
Henry Brown died on May 30, 1895 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. According to an account from the Sexton of Drummond Hill Cemetery, "he died with a tumor on his leg or hip. He suffered long time with it." (Summary by G. Patrick MacKay.)
HENRY BROWN, merchant, Niagara Falls South, was born in Croydon, in the county of Surrey, England, November 24th, 1822. His parents were John and Ann (Plowman) Brown, both natives of England. Our subject received his education in his native land, and there learned the trade of carpenter and joiner. He emigrated to Canada, arriving on this side of the Atlantic in May 1841. He settled at Niagara Falls and continued to work at his trade until 1871, when he embarked in his present business. He deals in general groceries, provisions, crockery, glassware, etc. When the village of Niagara Falls was incorporated, Mr. Brown was elected to a seat at the council board, and was re-elected several years following, performing his duties in a manner satisfactory to his fellow-townsmen, whose confidence and esteem he possesses. He was married during one of his visits to his native land, in 1851, to Harriett, a daughter of John Dalton, by whom he had one daughter, Eliza. His second wife, Isabella, a daughter of George and Ann (Matthews) Cole, of English descent. They have a family of four children, Harry, George, Isabella and Grace. Our subject has been for thirty-five years a member of the C. O. O. F. (Catholic Order of Foresters?) His wife and family are all members of the Baptist church.
From: Biographical Sketches section of the History of Welland County Ontario, 1887. (Transcribed by G. Patrick MacKay.)
Place: Saint John the Baptist, Croydon, Surrey, England
Father: John Brown, carpenter
Date: ABT 1834
Place: Meadow House Academy
This Indenture Witnesseth That Henry Brown Youngest son of John Brown of Croydon Surrey doth put himself Apprentice to George Dalton Carpenter Vc of Croydon Affore said to learn his Art and with him after the Manner of an Apprentice) to serve from the first day of February One thousand eight hundred and forty unto the full End and Term of four years from thence next following to be fully compleat and ended during which Time the said Apprentice his Master faithfully shall or will serve his secrets keep his lawful commands every where gladly do he shall do no damage to his said Master nor see it done of others but to his Power shall let or forthwith give warning to his said Master of the same he shall not waste the Goods of his said Master nor lend them unlawfully to any he shall not commit fornication nor contract Matrimony within the said Term he shall not play at Cards Dice Tables or any other unlawful Games whereby his said Master may have any loss with his own goods or others during the said Term without Licence Termwithout Licence of his said Master he shall neither buy nor sell he shall not haunt Taverns or Playhouses nor absenth himself from his said Master's service day or night unlawfully But in all but in all things as faithful Apprentice he shall behave himself towards his said Master and all his during the said Term. And the said George Dalton in consideration of the value of the Services of the said Henry Brown for the year from the date hereoff gratuitously for the second year Six Shillings week for the third year Eight Shillings per week and for the fourth year Twelve Shillings per week his said Apprentice in the art of Carpentry in all its Branches which he useth by the best means that he can shall teach and instruct or cause to be taught and instructed. (Crossed out: Finding unto the said Apprentice sufficient Meat Drink Apparel Lodging and all other Necessaries during the said Term) The Said John Brown Aggreeing to find the said Henry Brown proper tools to perform the services of the said George Dalton.
And for the true Performance of all and every said Covenants and Agreements, either of the said Parties Bindeth himself unto the other by these Presents. In Witness whereof the Parties above named to this Indenture interchangeably have set their Hands and Seals, the Fifth Day of February in the Third Year of the Reign of our Queen Victoria by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty. - John Dalton, Witness, John Brown, George Dalton, Henry Brown. (Transcribed by G. Patrick MacKay.)
1840 London to NYC
Immigration: May 17, 1841 London, England to New York City aboard the 'Quebec', Henry Brown along with a number of Dalton family members (there were two others unaccounted for in our tree: an Emily Dalton, 1, who died while aboard, Eliz. Dalton, 8, and Henry Dalton, 3)
Immigration: November 12, 1851 London to New York City aboard the 'Ocean Queen', Henry Brown and Harriett Sarah Dalton 
Abstract of Deeds
On 28 Jul 1846 (Reg 7 Oct 1846) John Cole sold to Henry Brown 3000 square feet, Lot 1 Clifton St, Village of Clifton in Lot 127 Stamford Twp. for ₤125 (C91 #3108)
On 11 Nov 1846 (Reg 26 Mar 1851) John Cole sold to Henry Brown 3000 square feet in Lot 1 Ferry Road in the Village of Clifton for ₤75 (A260 #2799)
Marriage between Henry Brown and Harriet Sarah Dalton
Date: August 28 1851
Place: St. Leonard Foster Lane, London, England
Groom: Henry Brown, bachelor
Residence: Newgate Street
Father: John Brown (Deceased)
Bride: Harriet Sarah Dalton, spinster
Residence: Newgate Street
Father: John Dalton (Deceased)
Witnesses: Edward Brown and Jane Ede (Or is it Jane Cole - which would make perfect sense.)
The church of St. Leonard's burnt down in 1666 and was not rebuilt. Replaced by Christ Church Greyfriars, Newgate Street, it was bombed the December 29, 1940. St. Leonard's is the name of the parish.
Marriage between Henry Brown and Isabella S M Cole
According to an account in a newspaper from January 1, 1879, Henry Brown was one of eight candidates vying for position on council representing Center Ward of the Town of Clifton. Mayor Woodruff, who has held the office for several years, withdrew in favour of Mr. Butters, the station master and freight agent of the G.W.R'y., and a gentleman of experience and ability, fully suited to fill the position to which he will be chosen.
The following nominations for municipal officers in the town of Clifton, over the river, were made Monday:
Mayor: Thos. Butters, no contest
Reeve: John Bender, John Coulson*, Chas. Flynn, M.M. Buckley
Text of a letter addressed to Croydon based Henry Brown from his brother-in-law, John Davey in Niagara Falls in 1844. (Includes exact spelling and lack of grammar). It appears from the letter that Henry had already established himself in Niagara and was visiting overseas perhaps to escort his mother to the new world:
Niagara Falls Jan 15 1844
It is with great Pleasure I now sit down to write these few Lines to you hoping they will find you all in good helth as it Leaves us all at present I received your Letter on the Second of January and were glad to hear you ad Such a Pleasent voyage and of finding them all in good health you wrote to Say you 'ad met and 'ad wether But you Suppose we 'ad plenty of Snow But we have quite the reverse we have 'ad But very Little at present and scarce any Slaying on Crismas day and the son shown very pleasant all day so that this winter is quite differant from the Last I am sorry to hear of my aunt Skinner being so Bad but I hope she will soon recover an I hope She will send me a Letter we were Sorry to hear of James Plowman being so ill but I hope this will find him better you may tell William I should like to have a newspaper from him often and we are very glad that they are so comfortable you may tell him that we receive 'is Letter Soon after you Started for England and was very glad to hear from him and we are happy to hear John and James are so comfortable and Plenty of Work and I hope it will continue so and we are glad to hear of John and Sarah are Doing well we are happy to hear of mother Being comfortable But we Should be glad for her to be with us But we do not wish to persuade her But She must please her self as to crofsing the Water She must think nothing of for tha? is the same providence on Sea as on Land now ? I will Leave it to you as you can tell her all about it better than I can write But don't pursuade her against her will and then we shall have nothing to reflect on...
...you wishe me to send you all the news I could But I have nothing fresh you have Georges Letter which will imform yo of Mr Barnetts Robery and Russels fire But Mr Barnett is recovered most of the ? again and Russell 'as rebuilt 'is Brewery again and 'as it in operation again I have been requested to tell Fred Dalton not to forget Poor Joe Strong to bring the glases and what drawing he can and he would like him to get the drawings of the ? tunnel? if he can and I should be glad at the same time if you would bring me some holly Berys you will be as to tell my mother davey when you see her that I have seen young James that youst to live with Mr Dickings and She is Living not far from us She is well and sends her respects to her and inquiring friends I have been to Mr Locknale and told him what Mr Wood said and he is much oblige to him and he 'as sent the direction ware Mr Woods Sons Live Direct to John Wood Township of Caistor District of Niagra Canady West North America I belive you know that young man that comes to Mr Hargraves on Sundays he is Stopping in Niagra he has wish me to say that he 'as a Small Parcel that he would wish you to bring if you can But he is going to write to 'is Brother in London to bring the parcel to you but if he Should not he 'as Sent the Direction wher to find him if it is not to much trouble Mr Retson No 8 Maidenhead Court Aldergate Street Near the Post office London Mr Barnett received a letter from Mr Perry on the 1 of January and he States the money I sent is not saficient for the articles I sent for and I have not being time to send by the Banke as it would Require me to go to Toronto...
...and at this Season of the year would Render it Dificult therefore if you or Mr. Dalton 'ad the opertunity of Favouring me by sending six pounds to Mr. Perry it would much favour me and I would hand it to eather of you when you come if it is not conveneant you will Please write to him to find to Send the Camera ? and what Eyes the remainder of the money will send your most obedent Thomas Barnett tell your Aunt Dalton I have received a letter from John Barnett he 'as Been ill most of the ? But he 'as just B? at the same place as he was and is working at the ? and Bricklaying Businefs I have Seen Mr and Mrs Cat? delivered the mesage her Sister sent thay are very ? they are going to write to her We are up at the gorges ? the 5 January and they were all well and is still ? work for Mr. Barnett which is a good thing Frank ? 'as been thare all the Winter you will be so kind ? as to Bring me of ? you will be able to get it? the Ironmongers I believe it is in halfgroundBushes Many hopes you will not forget to Bring Mr Barnett ?? and if you will ask James to Send Many a bit of Carpet to make her a pare of Shoes There is nothing else that we want at present But you must bring what you can for your self Be sure not for get the magpie and the holly Bushes if you mother Should make up her mind to come Mary says she must take a little medson a few dayes before she comes and you the same we sent our kind Love to all our friends and relation and all Inquiring friends and may god be with you all I have no more to say at present from your affectionate friends John and Mary Davey tell William I should Like to have the Dispach Paper
NB I have Sent Mr Barnetts Brother Direction in case you have forgot Mr W Perry Harbourne Near Birmingham England I hope you will write to us as soon as you receave this and let us now what time whe may expect you and by what Ship you will come... (Transcribed from original letter by G. Patrick MacKay.)
"Thomas Barnett was an instrumental player in the development of the tourist industry as he was the first person to establish a tourist attraction that featured exhibits not only from the area but also objects not native to the area.
In the spring of 1855 Thomas Barnett took out an ad in the Drummondville Newspaper stating that he had constructed a tunnel below the bank at Table Rock that would allow spectators to pass behind the American Falls and view the magnificence of the falls from a totally new vantage point. He even provided necessary rain gear to those wishing to take the trip"
1861 Census -- Welland, Stamford, District #2, 1 story frame house
Residing with the family of dennis and Mary Farley.
Isabella Cole -- 28 -- 1833, b.England, single
1861 Census -- Welland, Stamford, District #2, 1 story brick house
Henry Brown -- 39 -- 1822, b.England, widowed, Carpenter
Eliza Brown -- 8 -- 1853, b.Upper Canada
Close relatives, the Susan Lacey family (Isabella Cole's Aunt) and the Margaret Davey family (Henry Brown's sister) are close neighbours.
1871 Census - Welland, Stamford, District #19, Division 2, Subdistrict J, April 6.
Alexander Cook -- 64 - 1807, b.Ireland, Church of England, Labourer
Mary Cook -- 59 - 1812, b.Ireland, Church of England
Henry Brown -- 48 - 1823, b.England, Baptist, Merchant
Isabella Brown -- 32 - 1839, b.England, Baptist
Eliza Brown -- 18 - 1853, b.Ontario, Baptist
Harry Brown -- 3 - 1868, b.Ontario, Baptist
George Brown -- 1 - 1870, b.Ontario, Baptist
Close relatives, the Susan Lacey family (Isabella Cole's Aunt) and the Margaret Davey family (Henry Brown's sister) are close neighbours.
Brown, Henry Location: Clifton Street P.O. Address: Drummondville Settled: 1870 Nativity: England Business: General Merchant
1881 Census - Welland, Stamford, District #142, Sub-District J, Page: 57, Family No: 275.
Henry Brown -- 58 -- 1823, b.England, Baptist, Store Keeper
Isabel Brown -- 42 -- 1839, b.England, Baptist
Eliza Brown -- 27 -- 1854, b.Ontario, Baptist
Harry Brown -- 12 -- 1869, b.Ontario, Baptist, going to school
George Brown -- 11 -- 1870, b.Ontario, Baptist, going to school
Isabella Brown -- 8 -- 1873, b.Ontario, Baptist, going to school
Grace Brown -- 6 -- 1875, b.Ontario, Baptist
Margaret Davey -- 76 -- 1805, b.England, Church of England, Widow
Emily Maton -- 19 -- 1862, b.England, Baptist
John Davey, of the village of Drummondville, died on 4 June 1880, was married to Margaret Davey and brother in law to Henry Brown and uncle to Eliza Emily Brown. Henry Brown was listed as the informant on John Davey's Death Registration.
1891 Census -- Welland, Niagara Falls Village, District #124, Family No: 219.
Henry Brown -- 69 -- 1822, b.England, Church of England, Grocer/Merchant
Isabella Brown -- 51 -- 1840, b.England, Baptist
Eliza E Brown -- 38 -- 1853, b.Ontario, Baptist
Harry Brown -- 22 -- 1869, b.Ontario, Baptist, University student
George Brown -- 21 --1870, b.Ontario, Baptist, wage earner
Isabella M Brown -- 18 -- 1873, b.Ontario, Baptist
Died May30th, 1895; born 1822 in Croydon, England; immigrated to Canada in 1841; carpenter and grocer; husband of Harriet Dalton (sister of George and mother of Eliza Brown); 2nd wife: Bell Cole (daughter of George and Anna Cole); father of Harry Brown / teacher, George Brown /bookkeeper, and 2 daughters (Isabella Edna Grace Brown) Source: Niagara Falls Library - http://www.nflibrary.ca/nfplindex/show.asp?id=278013&b=1
Mr. Henry Brown, the old and well known merchant of Ferry Street, died on Thursday last of a tumor, and was buried at Drummond Hill cemetery on Monday, Rev. Mr. Tapscott of the Baptist church conducting the service. Mr. Brown was a charter member of the Manchester order of Oddfellos, and the brethren attended the funeral in a body. Deceased was born in Croydon, England, in 1822, and came to this country in 1841. He settled at the Falls and has lived in this vicinity from that date to the time of his death, for the last twenty-five years conducting the mercantile business on Ferry street, where he died. Mr. Brown was one of the council board when the village was first incorporated, and was re-elected several times. He was first married to Hariet, daughter of John Dalton, and one daughter of this union survives. His widow, who survives him is a daughter of George and Anna Cole, and four children of this marriage are still living - HArry Brown, teacher in the Petrolia high school; George Brown, bookkeeper with a large business in Pittsburgh; Isabella and Grace Brown, both residing at home. Deceased was a model of honesty and uprightness, and always held the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens. He will be greatly missed by the community and deeply mourned by those nearest and dearest to him. (Source: Welland Tribune, June 7, 1895, Page 6.) (Transcribed by G. Patrick MacKay.)
Mr. Henry Brown was buried in the Geo. Cole lot on the North end. He died May 30th at age 72. He died with a tumor on his leg or hip. He suffered long time with it. He kept a grocery a long time and before that he was a carpenter and worked for George Dalton Sen. ever since he was a boy and when he came of age and he married Miss Harriet Dalton, sister to George and she died and left one daughter Eliza Brown. Then he married his present wife, Miss Bell Cole, and she had two boys and two girls by him. He belonged to the Old Order of Odd Fellows and they buried him and nice funeral and a very warm day. Minister - Rev. Tapscott, Baptist. $2.00 paid. Undertaker - Mr. M. Morse. Doctor Thompson attended him.
Probated Will of Henry Brown
The folder contains the 1895 probated will of Henry Brown (1822-1895) of the village of Niagara Falls, a merchant. The 1879 will indicates that Henry Brown was residing in the village of Drummondville. Henry Brown was first married to Harriet Dalton and after her death married Isabella S. M. Cole (1838-1915), daughter of George and Anna Cole. Surviving children are: Harry Brown, George Brown, Isabella Edna, Grace Brown and Eliza E. Brown.
John A. Brown, a farmer, residing in the township of Stamford, died 14 November 1924 and was married to Sarah Ann Brown. web link. (Transcribed by G. Patrick MacKay.)
WikiTree profile Brown-11996 created through the import of HarryWBrown-Ancestors.ged on Feb 10, 2012 by Graeme MacKay Ahnentafel GM-28. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Graeme and others.
↑ "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947." index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 13 February 2012). Entry for Henry Brown, died 30 May 1895; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 1,862,174; Reference number: yr 1895 cn 18194; Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.
↑ Original data: Anglican Parish Registers. Woking, Surrey, England: Surrey History Centre. Reference Number: 2888/1/13
↑ Ship: The Quebec. Arrival Date: May 17, 1841, New York City, from London England; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Year: 1841; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: 45 of 675; Line: 1; List Number: 255. Digital 86 of 795; Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C.
↑ Arrival: November 12, 1851 Port of Liverpool to New York City; Ship: The Ocean Queen; Year: 1851; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: 107; Line: 3; List Number: 1651.
Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C.
↑ London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921; Guildhall, Christchurch Newgate Street, Register of marriages, 1849 - 1863, P69/CTC/A/01/Ms 8951/4.
↑ Year: 1871; Census Place: Stamford, Welland, Ontario; Roll: C-9920; Page: 5; Family No: 21.
↑ Year: 1881; Census Place: Stamford, Welland, Ontario; Roll: C_13253; Page: 57; Family No: 275.
↑ Niagara South estate and legal documents collection RG 167 p. 5
↑ Year: 1891; Census Place: Niagara Falls Village, Welland, Ontario; Roll: T-6376; Family No: 219.
↑ Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947; Registration #018194; Archives of Ontario; Series: MS935; Reel: 77 (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JXQL-M2V : accessed 18 April 2012), Henry Brown (1895). Reference Number: yr 1895 cn 18194
↑ The Burial Records and Notations of William Dalton 1845-1916; Kamfoly-St. Angelo; Mabel; Niagara Falls Public Library; Victoria Street; LHC 929.371339; Page 98, 138; Website: http://www.nflibrary.ca/nfplindex/
↑ Niagara South estate and legal documents collection 1752-1937, n.d. (non-inclusive) RG 167 Brock University Archives p. 3
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